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Dark Rocks

The Chernomor Shashka

This Slavic-influenced guardless backsword offers a blade-centric balance for a fluid cutting style. Inspired by an auction original, the blade swells slightly at the point of percussion, welcoming decisive cuts and rotational actions. As with its cousin, the Dykra shashka, care was taken to let the fluid shapes and attractive materials speak for themselves. The black oak handle has been treated so that the natural whorls and veins of the wood stand out, while the brass and copper mosaic pins add subtle flair. Please see our pricing structure for an idea of what a similar sword would cost.


∴ Specs ∴

  • Total length: 97cm

  • Blade length: 80cm

  • Blade width at base: 3.5cm

  • Blade width at widest point: 4cm

  • Handle length: 16.5cm

  • Point of Balance: 21cm

  • Weight: 815g

  • Blunt edges

  • Rounded tip


∴ Notes ∴

The oak of the hawk's head handle is stained black, enhancing the wood's natural pattern. It is constructed with decorative brass and copper mosaic pins, and finished with a brass ferule. The blade features a single fuller to the spine.


∴ Gallery ∴


∴ A Quiet Communion ∴

With the tideline before you, you close your eyes - and let the blade command your senses. Turning your body to match each flowing cut, you relish the sensation of balance in a way you forget to do while simply standing.

You feel the scrunch of grainy sand, broken shells, beneath a pivoting boot. You hear the soft lapping of little waves - the ornate lace edge of that black sea. You feel the sun slip into its treacherous depths as late-autumn balm gives way to dusky chill. Yes, all things in balance.

The sword stirs the air before you, and you picture the elegant lines of its wake - as if you were painting beautiful letters in a prayer book. Then let this be your prayer: each cut, each transition a mark of your devotion.

And let the kingdom come.


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